Facebook Dislike Button Coming Soon, But It’s Not What You Think It Will Be

Facebook Dislike button

Yes, the much-awaited Facebook Dislike button is bound to become a reality soon. The announcement was made by none other than Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg this Tuesday, September 15. But don’t get too excited,simply because it is not you think it will be. Well, depending on what you think about the opposite of ‘Like.’

“People have asked about the ‘dislike’ button for many years. Probably hundreds of people have asked about this, and today is a special day because today is the day that I actually get to say we are working on it, and are very close to shipping a test of it.” Mark Zuckerberg said during the Q&A session held at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

“What they really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment,” He added, emphasizing that the Facebook Dislike button will not be used for down-voting. Instead, it will be used during crisis such as earthquake or when a family member of the Facebook user passes away. In short, it’s like saying,“I’m sorry for what happened.”

Apparently, this feature has been requested by tons of Facebook users since 2009, so they can express their disagreement about a certain wall post. However, Zuckerberg declined the request many times, noting that it mat attract rampant negativity on the social network. Back in December, he already mentioned about it and somehow gave a clue.

“A lot of times people share things on Facebook that are sad moments in their lives or are tough, cultural or social things and often people tell us that they don’t feel comfortable pressing ‘like’ because ‘like’ isn’t the appropriate sentiment when someone lost a loved one or is talking of a very difficult issue.” Mark Zuckerberg said that time.

We at TN totally agree with the plans of Facebook, especially for us Filipinos who are very emotional people. Many of us use their Facebook wall to release their pain and sorrow over something. And yes, it feels awkward Liking a post of Facebook friend announcing that he lost a loved one. So instead clicking the Like button, most of us simply write “Condolence.”

What do you think of this upcoming Facebook Dislike button? Do you like it?